Garvanza's Gabriela Jimenez was honored as one of Los Angeles' top students on Sunday by Councilman José Huizar during the 9th annual Adelante Awards at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral Church.
Jimenez, a student at Los Angeles International Charter School who will attend Cal-Poly Pomona in the fall, was awarded a $500 scholarship for her achievement in the classroom.
Huizar honored 115 of Council District 14's top elementary, middle and high school students from 59 schools throughout Northeast L.A., El Sereno and Boyle Heights.
The award ceremony was first established by Councilmember Huizar when he was a board member of the Los Angeles Unified School District as a motivational tool to encourage students who were excelling in academic and community achievement, according to spokesman Rick Coca.
Throughout its nine-year history the awards ceremony has recognized more than 700 students.
“The Adelante Awards are about recognizing and encouraging academic excellence,” Huizar said. “Growing up in Boyle Heights, I know firsthand the life-changing benefits of a higher education and I created these awards nine years ago to let students and their families know that great things will happen in their lives if they continue to excel in their education.”
Honored alongside Jimenez was Roosevelt High School's Ricardo Ayala who received a $1,000 scholarship. Ayala will attend UCLA in the fall.